An island of leisure and tourism, Enoshima is a popular spot where you can enjoy yourself to the fullest. The streets are lined with restaurants and souvenir shops, and there are parks and launch points for marine sports close at hand. Visit this popular seaside spot, located just one hour from Tokyo.
Enoshima Aquarium is a popular soothing spot
Enoshima Aquarium is located three minutes' walk from Katase-Enoshima Station. They exercise considerable ingenuity to present you with a variety of marine life, including the large tank recreating the underwater world of Sagami Bay and the beach for sea turtles. Dolphin shows are held three to five times a day. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, they have two types of dolphin shows as well as a pool for penguins and seals. Jellyfish Fantasy Hall has a permanent display of 15 kinds of gently floating jellyfish. Owing to its soothing atmosphere, this magical, mystical space is especially popular among female visitors.
Walk the approach to pay a visit to Enoshima-jinja Shrine
A 15-minute walk from Enoshima Aquarium across Enoshima-ohashi Bridge will get you to the entrance of the approach, marked by a bronze torii (shrine gate) built in 1747. Pass under the torii and through the streets of the approach, lively with souvenir shops and restaurants, and you'll see a scarlet torii ahead of you. The go-shinmon (roofed shrine gate) is located up a flight of stone steps. You proceed onward to reach Enoshima-jinja Shrine. This shrine consists of three shrine buildings: Hetsunomiya, Nakatusnomiya, and Okutsunomiya. Three sister goddesses are enshrined, each at their respective shrine. In addition, Hoanden enshrines a statue of Benzaiten that is one of the three great Benzaiten of Japan.
Visit the observation tower and lighthouse Enoshima Sea Candle
Enoshima's Samuel Cocking Garden is located five minutes' walk up the slope from Enoshima-jinja Shrine. The site, which has a great view, has been arranged on the ruins of a large garden built in a blended Western-Japanese style in 1880 by the English trader Samuel Cocking. The observation tower/lighthouse Enoshima Sea Candle is located on the garden's grounds, and you can enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the ocean from 100 m above sea level from its top. Weather permitting, Mt. Fuji can be seen from here. Admission to Samuel Cocking Garden is 200 JPY. To go up Enoshima Sea Candle is 300 JPY (one adult).
Enjoy shirasu (young sardines), rich with ocean flavor
When you get hungry after the long walk, you should go to Enoshima Uomitei where you can enjoy dishes made from high-quality seafood. Shirasudon (a bowl of rice topped with young sardines) using shirasu caught fresh that morning is especially popular. Fresh shirasu goes bad fast, so this dish is a local specialty available only in areas close to port. However, it isn't always available because supplies depend on the amount caught that day. If shirasudon is not available, you can try kamaage-shirasu, which is shirasu boiled in salt water and dried in the sun. The island's famous enoshima-don also comes recommended. It is a bowl of rice topped with fresh turban shell meat cooked in warishita (stock mixed with soy sauce, mirin and sugar) and mixed with beaten egg.
Enoshima Uomitei 江ノ島 魚見亭
- Address 2-5-7, Enoshima, Fujisawa-shi, Kanagawa, 251-0036, Japan
Have the world's best breakfast at bills Shichirigahama
Shichirigahama is located a 10-minute ride three stations away from Enoshima Station on the Enoshima Electric Railway. The ocean view from the windows of the train as it runs along the coastal road is exceptional. When you arrive at Shichirigahama, head for the beach and go to bills Shichirigahama, which is open all day for casual dining. This is the first of the chain opened overseas. The bills main shop is located in Sydney and its breakfast has been praised as being the best in the world. It is tremendously popular and attracts even Hollywood stars. Enjoy their popular fluffy ricotta hotcakes together with an ocean view.
Bills Shichirigahama bills 七里ヶ浜
- Address 1-1-1, Shichirigahama, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, 248-0026, Japan